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On a Mission

Henry ‘Ōpūkaha’ia

In the fall of 1809, Yale College student Edwin Dwight came upon a strange scene. At the main gate of Yale College stood a young man from a foreign land, crying. …

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Of This Land

The Connecticut State Seal has three planted grape vines on it, each one bearing a trio of purple bunches. …

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Criminal Records

Whitney Library, New Haven Museum

Numerous historians have asserted that, during its heady first decades starting in 1638, the colony of New Haven was the purest of all the Puritan theocracies established in the New World. …

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Crushing It

A print on a wall at the bottom of a staircase. An antique rifle kept racked behind glass. A milling machine thought to be the oldest in America. A plaque hanging inside a white-slatted house. An interior wall that looks …

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Tough Love Letters

Letter from Eli Whitney to Eli Whitney Blake

You must write to me often. It will not be in my power to write you very frequently; but you must write to me as often as once a month by mail, whether I write to you or not. Do

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Road Rage

In July of 1636, John Oldham’s boat was discovered off the coast of Block Island, RI. There was only one passenger: Oldham’s naked corpse, with a hatchet lodged in his skull. …

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Under the Trees

Beech at East Rock Park

Santa (or FedEx) may deliver our Christmas presents, but Christmas trees present them. Festooned and alight, Christmas trees make the Christmas gifts beneath them more inviting and exciting, right up to the final handoff. …

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Phone Home

The extraordinariness of being able to make a phone call from the little gadget you keep in your pocket may not ring loud and clear, but try to imagine life without it. …

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House Held

In the year 1725, Benjamin Franklin was a spry 16-year-old, George Washington hadn’t yet been born and, along the southern edge of the Connecticut Colony, a man named Ebenezer Clark finished building a house. …

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Mass Appeal

St. Mary's Church

Father William Holt and Father Elias Henritzy are sitting in the front room of the priory, spooling out the history of St. Mary’s Church. …

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